I always want to conquer the fear that I had when I was a kid, having drowned several times that brought me to this phobia. But this never stops me because I love the sea. I don’t want to regret not seeing the wonders underwater. I just never ride a boat without wearing a life vest. My children know how to swim and I know their survival instinct would kick in because they know the basic swimming skills and and know how to float. Next time I do this adventure again, I will make sure to spend more time at the sea, playing with fishes, Nemo perhaps or whale shark that was featured and documented in other website.
And this is our adventure.
Our way to Dive and Trek
We passed by at Ligpo Island. How strange it was for me not discovering Dive and Trek earlier when I would frequent this island many years ago and I just lived a town away from this Marine Sanctuary.
and the views I captured from the boat a bit after sunrise..
We reached Dive and Trek at about 7am and we were all in awe with the beautiful view. All the houses are facing the sea.
Just behind my daughter is a pool where would-be divers take lesson before going down the deep.
And now, preparing herself, getting ready to snorkel.
My two children giving each other support. Where else could they get? Thanks to Joy and her husband John for the support to my kids, including me. :) Of course, first is always first, we really don't know what to expect underneath.
And I was the last one to reach the raft. I was still looking for some excuses to just stay in the shoreline, oh! not a shoreline, there is no shoreline but a pier. Of course, I should be strong. My children were watching so I shouldn't just stay there in the corner. So there you go, I went my way to the float. I think I need to learn how to perfectly push myself up to the raft. My body was badly sore the next morning with going up and down the floating platform.
So there, I tried. I asked Joy's husband how deep the water is and said, it's only about 12 meters and deeper depth if you go beyond the raft. He added that if anything happens, just don't panic because I won't get drowned, I have a life vest and I will float. But how could I be so crazy thinking about other negative thoughts like what if the water snakes come over me or the corals suck me in. That was really funny!.
And swimming from the pier to the raft was surprising! So wow that I forgot everything in my mind.
So I thought I would be lucky to see at least one fish but I saw one, two, three.. and hundreds of different species. Wonderful!
Joy and I were mesmerized as we watched the fishes coming over to us. It was really wonderful. It was peaceful and we just let ourselves float and watched the marine life below. We don't need to be good swimmers to snorkel but at least we should know how to kick in our feet to reach the raft. But of course swimming skills count.
I could just imagine then how I was being pacified with the Koi fishes in my aquarium and I would just stare with them the whole day to destress my mind. The feeling of seeing them, touching them and swimming with them was just so surreal.
This is funny. At one time, I drank at least one glass of sea water and the water entered my nose down to my throat as I forgot my snorkel tube and took a deep breath while snorkeling. Now you know why I always get drowned. Lol. Now laugh at me. Seriously, it was not a senior moment but excitement pushed me to dive without the gear.. Huh.
You could tell how happy our tummies were after that sumptuous meal.
After a heavy lunch, would it be nice to take a nap at 1:00pm? Just perfect! And because the two didn't get to sleep that night, they easily fell asleep. And oh, yup in synchronize sleeping position, to the left, to the right.
And finally went back to snorkeling again..and it was already low tide and the current became strong. I suggest that if you're planning to snorkel, do it early morning when the sea is calm and in high tide line.
The staff prepared a light snack for us but turned heavy because it was yummy and we ate a lot of Turon and Suman along with a cup of hot chocolate drink. Truly Batangueño snack. I love it!
Photo op with Max.. My daughter had an instant connection with Max, like he was with him and knew him for many years. Oh Max, you have no idea how we felt when we left the place. It was hard for us to leave you. Thank you, you just made our stay in the resort happier and safe.
And time to say goodbye..
And the view just before the sun finally sets at 5:30pm
Another stop over to say goodbye once again..
Taking the remaining minutes at the resort to capture the beautiful sunset.
We all went home in happy faces, full of beautiful memories to keep. Even Bogart and Max waved us goodbye and it was really a very emotional moment as Max swam himself into the water and wanted to go with us. I could almost hear him shouting, "please come back, we will miss you guys". And we all waved our hands and said, "Bye Max, Bye.." Please follow the story in my upcoming post..
And there we were, boarded on a boat that will transfer us to San Luis, Batangas where we chose to park. Dive and Trek has two parking options, Anilao and San Luis Batangas.
Magnificent view of sunset at Dive and Trek
Ok. Fine. And I was the only one with the vest. I just save myself from distress. :)
I swear I will be going back here. We'll do snorkeling seriously next time in deeper depth, touch the sea floor,
do Kayaking perhaps or
Scuba Diving. Whew!
or help clam seeding like that of Miss Earth. :)
All underwater shots are from Joy's husband, John, and some photos I used in this post are from Joy. Thank you so much. Truly amazing! I bet if have an underwater camera, I would have a thousand photos more to upload. Maybe I should take diving and snorkeling seriously next time because I wouldn't be able to do so without these skills.
You may view more photos here. Watch the video with audio on so you'll enjoy more with the music from Colbie Caillat's, Brighter than the Sun.
Dive and Trek offers an amazing experience you would truly remember for the rest of your life.
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So how would I rate the experience? I would give not just perfect 10 but over 10 perhaps. It exceeded my expectation. The resort is in excellent condition and the facilities are well maintained. The staff are all friendly. What else could I ask for? Laughter is unlimited. Thank you so much Mendiolables. It's more fun in Dive and Trek.
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San Pablo, Bauan Batangas, Philippines
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